When I first entered the world of spirits, I found that I spent the majority of my time researching liquor. As spirit lovers, we all know that there are an abundance of spirits out there that we’re accustomed to hearing about and buying, but there are also some that are a little more off the radar. Until recently, one of these spirits for me was Sake, or Japanese rice wine.

Over the past few years, Sake has gained enough notoriety in the cocktail world to become a category that isn’t a spirit yet isn’t really a wine either, with several new brands coming out of the woodwork. As I indulge in Sake drinking more and more, I’ve started to get the feeling that enjoying a nice Sake is truly extraordinary, as if I’ve got a secret elixir that nobody else knows about.

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